The twenty dollar bill has been a very common bill in the last 25 years. Since the invention of the ATM which often spews only twenties, this bill has changed hands more often than any bill besides the one. Recently, we changed over from the old bill with its classic design and limited security features to the new bill with a new look and lots more security features (my favorite is the color-changing "20" at the bottom right).
But there is one way where the new 20 is badly inferior to the classic - durability. I remember in the last decade getting 20s from the bank that were dated from the 1960s and 1970s which were in adequate condition; today though, most of the 20s I get that are new bills from '98 on are in shabby condition and look like they won't survive 10 years of standard rotation. Has anybody else noticed this? Does anybody have a clue as to what the reason for this might be? It seems like the taxpaying public will have to spend a lot more to replace all these burnout bills.